What a day

Jun. 27th, 2009 10:00 pm
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I'm hanging out on our deck, with my sweetie, sippin' a beer, after a day of helping a friend move in an emergency situation. We were able to get everything into her self-storage locker in an astonishing amount of time, considering what needed to be moved. And boy, those push-ups came in handy for what I needed to help schlep.

When we were done, I was hot, thirsty, and tired. So we all took ourselves to Mineo's Pizza in Squill, and damn, was that good. It's been years since I've eaten there, and I was happy to see continued awards for best restaurants in Pittsburgh. From there we traversed to Eat 'n Park for dessert (Mineo's has them now, and look scrumptious, but are waaaaay to pricey). Pookie and I split an Oreo Sundae, and (wait for it..) damn. Talk about the perfect topper for a hard day's work.

So now I continue to sit and putz around teh intarwebs, only outside with my lovely wife thanks to the our wireless connection, the 50 foot extension cord from [livejournal.com profile] evil_baron, and our new (used from freecycle) deck table. We hear deer on the hill behind us, a siren or two in the distance, and morons shooting off big fireworks. God bless summer, and this makes me even more looking forward to Pennsic.
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I am, for the first time, watching "Wierd Science."


Sep. 16th, 2007 12:04 am
raystrobel47: (Driving)
I just had a lovely evening, alone, with my wife. Thanks to our friend Naomi, Lake is spending the night with her good friend Elizabeth tonight, and we got to go out! We had a nice dinner at Red Hot and Blue, browsed at Borders (wish I'd brought my gift card...) and went to Dave 'N Busters for the first time in years! I got my ass whooped in Space Invaders, of all things, but did play the new Pump It Up game. I'm really glad they still have the classical music selections. We'd've gone to a coffeehouse, but Jenn had homework to do, so I played a bit of Guitar Hero, again, for the first time in months. It was fun.

Tomorrow is Rally Day at our church, and our first choir practice. We'll pick up Pookie after church, and after we (Me, Jenn, and Tim) sing for a special tour happening at our church after the service. Then, to watch football! And retro jerseys!!!
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It was an evening sans pooky! While she was blissfully at her Nanny's, my loving wife and I got to eat dinner and- get this- go to the salad bar at the same time! Then we drove to the Waterfront to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] blackpaladin and [livejournal.com profile] angel_vixen to hang out while they had dinner. We had drinks. With alcohol. Together. Mine was beer, hers was blue. They were both yummy. We noticed how easy it was to manuever on foot without two litte feet to keep track of! Then it was off to Barns&Noble, where we got to roam freely through the store with no hands to shoo away or feet to listen for. Our last stop was at Starbucks where we saw somebody else's charming young daughter (seemed to be at least 4) romping and joyfully playing in the green area by the Starbucks. Definitely cute, and definitely not ours. :-) We just got in and don't have to be worried about hearing dolls/stuffed animals hit the floor from the bedroom above us! What will we do?!? I know. Read the morning paper with our coffee in peace.

And then we will collect our little Pooky, and all will be back in order.
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I just had a dinner date with my wife... without our daughter!!!

Yes, Jenn's sister Brooke, hubby Brian, and eventually little sisters Joy and True hung out at our place, watched [livejournal.com profile] lstrobel until she collapsed 'round 9pm so that the two of us could spend some overdue evening alone time.

It was great! With the weather being so nice, we went to the Waterfront and visited Fuddrucker's. Jenn's never been, and I hadn't been in almost 20 years. Y'see, it's originally a Texas burger chain, and I'm surprised that it's made it out here. But I heard there are lots of 'em all over now. Which is cool, don't get me wrong. I like their selection and the food was really good. It's actually nice not eating red meat so bloody often that when I do it's special.

We walked around looking for dessert, to no avail, so we headed home. This needs to be done more often. :-)
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I am thankful for:

1) Walks in Squirrel Hill with my wife, eating yummy-yummy ice cream*, and having your youngest sisters-in-law see you from thier car, requesting to pull over just to say "hi" to us.

2) A quiet evening in the hot tub with aforementioned wonderful wife, talking and relaxing and enjoying ourselves.

3) Not having to deal with my students yesterday thanks to an Act 80 Day (curriculum in-service), which allowed #1 to happen in the first place.

4) Finding music I wrote 14 years ago and still appreciating it and wanting to play it.

In other news, this time next week will be Spring Break for me! W00t!!!

EDIT: *-means chocolate ice cream with fudge and Heath bar bits in it. Day-um good.
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Had a great Valentine's evening with my beautiful wife, and it was all thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rani23 staying at our place to hold down the fort. We went to John Harvard in Monroeville, where [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar knows a few of the waitstaff from hanging out with her sister there, and had a fabulous dinner- Parmesean encrusted chicken stuffed with yummy things, mmmmmmm. And: I even ate the broccoli. All of it. This is unheard of in my lifetime. I'm still amazed.

We also had beer. Mmmmm, beer. I ordered a mini-oatmeal stout (10 oz) that was truly yummy, when my sweetie got the brilliant idea to order the sampler. The two of the five that stand out were the heather beer (Scottish, of course, to flip off the English) and the cask-aged stout that was scarrrrrily drinkable. As in you'd finish it and not notice. The heather beer was like a cross between good champagne and a sweet wine, with a sharpness that wasn't overpowering. The rest were: a nice honey blonde (beer, not waitress), a raspberry not-lambic, and something else (the between dunkel-and-schwarzbrau? Can't remember). It's been more beer than I've had in months, and twas wonderful.

After [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar came back from the restroom, and right after my black and white cheescake arrived (cheesecake between chocolate cake)(drooooool), she pronounced that we were moving to a different location. You see, Paul and Mary Placeway were also there, and we finished the evening hanging out with them, a lovely random finish to an equally wonderful evening.


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